Terrafugia TF-2: Flying taxi gives glimpse into the future of travel


A new video gives a glimpse of an incredible flying taxi that could one day revolutionise how we travel.

Known as the TF-2, the vehicle, which can transport passengers both on land and in the air has been designed by American firm Terrafugia.

The four seater pod is capable of taking off in just two minutes and transports passengers from their front doors to a special helipad where it then takes off before flying to their destination.

While most prototype flying taxis focus on taking passengers from A to B, the TF-2 has an entirely different approach.

Instead, the TF-2 actually consists of two vehicles that focuses around a central pod.

A coach like vehicle carries the pod which the passengers sit in during the duration of the journey that is on a regular road.

The pod then detaches from the coach and connects to the flying vehicle, which takes off to complete the remainder of the journey.

The benefits of this is that passengers can complete a whole journey without setting foot outside and it also allows the vehicle to quickly land and take off at the launch pad.

During the flight there would be a human pilot on board but only as a safety precaution, with the TF-2 expected to boast autonomous flying capabilities.

Inside the TF-2 will be fitted with built in smartphone chargers, noise cancelling speakers, rotating seats and touchscreen passenger controls.

While there is no timeline on when or even if the TF-2 will go into production, Terrafugia was recently acquired by the same company that owns Lotus and Volvo.

While it may be difficult to imagine people travelling by flying cars or taxis right now, the technology isn’t that far away from being mass produced. A number of companies are already at advanced stages of testing autonomous flying vehicles.

Earlier this year Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said that an Uber Air flying taxi service is likely to happen within 5 to 10 years.

Meanwhile, a Silicon Valley based division of Airbus have created the Alpha One flying taxi, which the firm says could be in production by as soon as 2020.

And in New Zealand, Google co-founder Larry Page has already been granted approval to test autonomous flying taxis.


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